Philip Boyle

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Philip Boyle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. His research is broadly concerned with contemporary developments in policing, security, and public safety. He is particularly interested in these themes in the empirical context of cities and urban governance. His previous research examined the securitization of the Olympic Games and other major sporting events in the post-9/11 period. This research has been published in Security Dialogue, International Political Sociology, the British Journal of Sociology, the Canadian Journal of Sociology, and Urban Studies. He is currently working on a two-year project funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (07/2014 – 06/2016) in which he is investigating the embrace of resilience in critical infrastructure security policy in Canada. This project is animated by his interests in the ‘politics of catastrophe’ and the question of how we plan for complex, unknowable, and potentially catastrophic risks.

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